Today, Travail announced that they will be shuttering their pop-up-gone-permanent-gone-pop-up Umami on December 22nd. Just over a month ago, they announced that their North Minneapolis pop-up Umami by Travail was going permanent (for at least a year lease) as Umami Dim Sum. Those plans have changed, though.
According to the press release:
We are not leaving because the business was unsuccessful, but rather because its success came at time when the organization was already overextended. The Asian comfort food turned dim sum restaurant was busy and buzzworthy and it demanded too much of the team's resources in terms of chefs, kitchen equipment, time and energy. With the upcoming launch of the new Travail and The Rookery, it turned out to be more than a manageable side project, so we have made the decision to pull in the reins, put the UMAMI concept on the shelf, and free up the 904 West Broadway space for another community-owned restaurant.
The final batch of Umami tickets will go on sale via Tempo Tickets on Wednesday, November 27th at 10 a.m. After a wide range of pricing structures, they seem to have settled on a $30 ticket for all-you-can eat dim sum on Wednesdays and Thursdays and a $40 ticket for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday brunch.
The same press release also notes that it looks like Travail and the Rookery will be soft opening just after the New Year and will launch into full-service soon after that.
· All Coverage of Umami by Travail [Eater MPLS]